Living below your means is one of the hardest things you can do. It is also one of the smartest things you can do. Not over spending isn’t a necessity of the poor or a luxury for the rich, it is simply best practice.
Each day, we are constantly being offered ways to make our lives easier, more bearable, more fun. We are encouraged to distract and numb ourselves. However, most of that convenience comes at a huge price.
We don’t pay for things in full. We live on credit and debt. We order in and eat out every chance we get. We lease instead of buying. Most of our time is spent at work, commuting, or preparing for the next work day. We don’t exercise, meditate or sleep much. There is not enough time, we say. We live life on the go because we must. We are too busy to think, let alone to do enough research to have informed opinions and to make conscious choices.
We know things are not right in the world. We feel it. We’re tired all the time, easily sick, quick to gain weight, forgetful and cranky. But, we’ve got to work. We have bills to pay. We need our status symbols to define our place in the world, from big houses and expensive cars to brand name clothes and the latest devices.
Let’s stop spending so much money, time, and energy on items we don’t need, on people that don’t elevate us, and entertainment that doesn’t inspire us. Instead, let’s spend more time walking outside, talking to loved ones, and eating foods that boost our health. Let’s meditate, breathe deeply, and drink more water. Let’s learn to love ourselves, create our own happiness, and be kind to others. Let’s spend more time consciously spending our hard earned money on items and experiences that enhance our lives.
I know I am imperfect. I know that people define happiness and success in different ways. I simply want us to think more, and relearn the intrinsic values we grew up knowing. I too am learning as I go, and I am trying to be my best self.
What do you think?
In what ways are you frugal or prudent?
My thoughts about liberty.